Millions of dollars’ worth of investment in the pipeline for TNQ
Tourism Tropical North Queensland director of business and tourism events Rosie Douglas said the surge of investment in infrastructure is ideal for the business events industry.
“Especially exciting is the advent of new luxury hotels for Cairns with the Ghassan Aboud Group undertaking a $120 million redevelopment of the Rydges Tradewinds into a five-star hotel with 300 rooms, and constructing an $80 million inner-city hotel with 200 hotel rooms and 100 apartments,” she said.
“The Pullman Reef Hotel Casino has just completed a $6.5 million refurbishment, including a new-look hotel lobby, the expansion of Tamarind Restaurant, a four-metre LED interactive pillar showcasing reef and rainforest displays, and new Bar36 Live Lounge.
“The $550 million Nova City, a luxurious residential and commercial development near the Cairns Convention Centre, will also add to the city’s accommodation inventory.”
Other developments in the pipeline include the $50 million Cairns Aquarium opening in May; The Precinct in Cairns, a $66.5 million development incorporating the Cairns Performing Arts Centre; and a $17.4 million transformation of the Cairns CBD.
On the waterfront, Shed 2 at the Cruise Liner Terminal will become the second location for Port Douglas-based Hemingway’s Brewery, which will be available for offsite events.
Visitors at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) on February 21 and 22 are invited to learn more about the new developments from Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef team at stand 2432.